Meet the Ecologist acknowledges the role played by all those vine-hugging, dungaree-wearing, sandal-shod, great-unwashed stereotypes making biological wines. You know the type – the ones with long, unkept beards (and that’s just the women) who can be found in their vines smoking their cover-crop.
Vineyards around Lake Kaltern are very small in size and most of the winemakers in the region have less than one hectare of land, for a small winemaker it is virtually impossible to make and market their own wine so the co-operative of Kaltern was set up in 1906 with the goal of producing high quality wines.
The white grapes were pressed before the fermentation started at 18°C. The wine was fortified using natural grape spirit, which caused the fermentation to stop and left a sweet wine with 16% alcohol, relatively light in alcohol for a fortified wine. The wine was then aged for seven years in old, large oak barrels.
Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem is a rich and characterful Cotes du Rousillon from Chapoutier. The wine has aromas of ripe nectarine and apricot on the nose with delicate notes of peach blossom and white flowers. The palate has a crisp, fresh acidity, balanced by the roundness of the Grenache blanc.
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne from El Dorado in California. The 2016 Smithereens is a balanced, medium-bodied expression of a blend, with just the right amount of structure, acid, and fruit.
Straw yellow with light copper hues. The bouquet is elegant and complex with floral notes of jasmine and perfumes of white peach, apricot, pear and golden apple. The refined palate is perfectly balanced with all the flavour components that appear on the nose, along with touches of honey and a flinty mineral note on the finish.
One of the very finest Pinot Grigios with amazing concentration and finesse. Copper coloured from the natural grape skin tint. The bouquet is full of sweet pastry aromas, scents of Williams pear skin and notes of yellow fruit. Extraordinary complexity on the palate expresses ripe fruit together with great structure.
Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc. Powerfully expressive with depth and elegance, rivalling classed growth Bordeaux for quality. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione De Marchi is magnificent. Violets, smoke, plums and cassis jump from the glass in a stunning wine.